Darlington 3 Bath City 1

LIAM HATCH took his goal tally for the season to 16 as the Quakers won for only the second time in seven games.

LIAM HATCH took his goal tally for the season to 16 as the Quakers won for only the second time in seven games.

They have had a blip since qualifying for the final of the FA Trophy, but bounced back on Saturday with a performance which temporarily deflected the attention from teenage star Dan Burn.

The towering central defender was left out of the side amid speculation he is about to sign for a Premiership club.

Everton manager David Moyes has admitted making a bid, but Fulham, Newcastle, and others are in the frame, with the Londoners appearing to be ahead of the rest.

Manager mark Cooper said: “He did not play because he will not be here next season in all probability, and we have to make plans without him.”

Considering Burn was not a regular in the first half of the season he has had a whirlwind rise, but has justified the interest from the big clubs.

He has improved at a tremendous rate and, at 6ft 6in and with pace and a sweet left foot, has outstanding qualities.

However, Darlington were straight out of the blocks without him, Hatch drilling in Paul Arnison’s cross in the first minute.

Bath pressed but, apart from a cross from Marc Canham, which struck the post, they did not trouble the Quakers.

Hatch was on hand on the quarter-hour mark to head home at the far post from another excellent Arnison cross.

John Campbell scored the third on 36 minutes, the former Newcastle Benfield man, firing inside the post after Marc Bridge-Wilkinson had set him up.

Paul Terry missed a good chance to make it four, pulling his shot wide after Campbell turned provider.

Early in the second half Arnison rattled the cross bar, but thereafter the Quakers lost momentum and Lee Phillips pulled one back 15 minutes from time.

Cooper added: “We scored three good goals, but want players who stay switched on for the full game.

“We have conceded too many late goals and need to be a bit more ruthless next season.”

Darlington are at Histon tomorrow and Cooper will probably shuffle his troops again.

DARLINGTON: Russell, Arnison, Miller, Quinn, Brown, Taylor, Terry (McReady 74), Verma, Bridge-Wilkinson, Hatch, Campbell (Senior 64).

Subs Not Used: St Louis-Hamilton, Modest, Phil Gray.

Goals: Hatch 1, 16, Campbell 36.

BATH CITY: Robinson, Simpson, Clough, Rollo, Jombati, Burnell, Connolly, Henry (Murray 46), Canham, Watkins, Phillips.

Subs Not Used: Borhy, Lennox, Webb, Mackie.

Goals: Phillips 75.

Att: 1,752. Ref: Paul Graham (Manchester).


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